Tshabalala filled with pride

2011-06-06 13:57

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has revealed his pride at leading the national team out in Cairo on Sunday night.

GALLERY: Egypt v Bafana Bafana

South Africa claimed a valuable point from their clash with Egypt as they moved one step closer to wrapping up qualification for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

With captain Steven Pienaar ruled out of the match due to injury, Tshabalala was entrusted with wearing the armband and the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder admits it was a special night for him.

"It was a great honour for me to lead the team in the absence of Steven in this all-important match. Him being with us in Cairo really inspired all of us," said 'Shabba' after the match.

"Given a chance again I would do it."

Bafana Bafana fought hard for their point at the Military Academy Stadium, although Tshabalala believes the victory was there for the taking - especially when you consider the chances Katlego Mphela and Tlou Segolela were presented with.

"To get a draw in Cairo was just amazing and I believe we could have still won it," Tshabalala added.

"The boys worked their socks off and this was a well-deserved point, this team is growing in stature and we are clearly heading in the right direction.

"It was tough but worth it." 


  • Mchana - 2011-06-06 15:32

    good, now i hope the like of Benni Mcarthy learn what it is to play for the country without self give that Tshabalala N' BELL

      manuel28 - 2011-06-07 08:05

      funny but i always get the feeling tshabalala plays for himself! the man takes 10 touches before he decides he needs to pass! and it usually goes astray because alas he took too many touches! i say bring back the bafana from the confederation cup and play thsabalala on the left where he caused s much havock, now there was some excellent football albeit el capitano clearly needed to go.... which he finally has.

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-06-06 15:36

    Well said Shabba.It was there 4 the taking though. But these things happen in football,finishing should be a focus point from now going forward,remember we are competing with the Likes of Drogba in this Continent. If we are to win the Afcon,we need to learn how to finish better.

  • Leviathan - 2011-06-06 17:11

    u should b! great game! at least playin for ur country is an honor for u, but benni will disagree wit u on tat one.

      manuel28 - 2011-06-07 08:09

      u cant put this guy in the same class as Benni!! and yes class and Benni at the moment dont go all that much together... BUT Benni conquered Europe, what has shabba done? Benni is a legend and what's more hes actually a nice fellow in person, not arrogant as the media suggests.

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